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Title: Research Associate
Gina has a Ph.D. in Geography that she completed in 2002 at the University of Oxford. She is particularly interested in vulnerability and adaptation to climate change and how the additional stress of other factors, such HIV/AIDS, economy and governance limits adaptation and impacts on food security.
Her Ph.D. explored issues around seasonal climate forecasts and use among smallholder farmers in Lesotho, as well as the national and district institutions supporting climate information dissemination. This work has since developed and today Gina focuses on a broad range of social and environmental issues in southern Africa.
Gina has worked for the SEI since 2002. She also works for the University of Cape Town, where she grew up and is currently based.
Her research interests include:
- Vulnerability and adaptation to climate, environmental and health stress
- Food insecurity and household/district response
- Southern African development and resource management
- Participatory research for understanding scientific application potential
- Rural livelihood diversity and resilience
Coping with Multiple Stresses in Rural South Africa (Journal article - 2011)
Resilience and Vulnerability: Complementary or Conflicting Concepts? (Journal article - 2010)
Adapting to climate change to sustain food security (Journal article - 2010)
The Use of Climate Science in Agricultural Adaptation in Africa (Book chapter - 2010)
Video-mediated approaches for community-level climate adaptation (Journal article - 2009)
Vulnerability assessments in the developing world: Mozambique and South Africa (Book chapter - 2009)